I have to agree with previous reviews that said initial vacuuming produced loads of lint, and after a few weeks, I still vacuum up a full canister, but that's because I didn't vacuum it six times to begin with. That being said, it doesn't seem to be getting any thinner, and the kids and dog LOVE how soft it is underfoot. I didn't put a pad under it only because it's so heavy to move once in place. The background color is definitely more taupe than beige, as it appeared on my screen, and the tans, reds and golds are muted, however this makes it ideal for complementing a great many color schemes and furniture styles. We have mission-style wood and leather furniture (chocolate brown and deep red), and the rug looks beautiful with it, as well as great on top of our light oak floors and next to a red brick fireplace. It definitely makes the room more polished-looking than it otherwise would. In spite of frequent vacuuming (which you have to do anyway with kids and pets), I would buy this rug again in an instant. I did not give it 5 stars only because I haven't had it long enough to comment on its durability.